Representatives from NM-AIST visited the University of Oldenburg from 4 – 6 October 2022. During their stay they had an intense exchange with colleagues from different department’s to get input for strengthening similar institutions at their home university.
The topics covered during the visits were four key components of the joint German-East African project dSkills@EA – Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry: a Research Hub, an Entrepreneurship Hub, an Alumni Network and a Didactical Centre. There for elements are being implemented at NM-AIST during the dSkills@EA project. The following representatives from NM-AIST attended the exchange:
During their stay they met with the Graduate School of Science, Medicine and Technology in Oldenburg (OLTECH) to discuss support for students to enhance their scientific independence and career planning. From a meeting with the OLDIES club, an alumni organisation for Computer Science graduates, they took home impulses to further develop the alumni work at NM-AIST. With the Study and Counselling Service at the university they discussed the promising activities and offers to help students find employment. Transfer as the third pillar of modern universities featured heavily on the guests’ agenda. From a personal presentation by Oldenburg PhD candidate Hauke Precht, co-founder of blockchain start-up HAPTIK, they received helpful insights into the founding process at UOL. The Entrepreneurship Hub at the university, giz, gave them the bigger picture of institutional support for entrepreneurship, while the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship covered research into entrepreneurship.
The visits provided the impetus for further intensive cooperation between colleagues from Germany and Tanzania in the various areas. In the course of all meetings, concrete action points for the ongoing cooperation were identified.